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CONSTITUTION 

OF 

•sans suspbwssibss Boaomr 

OF 

NORTH-CAROLINA. 

The delegates appointed to revise and amend the 
constitution of the society of North-Carolina for the 
gradual abolition of slavery, are of opinion, that at 
this eventful era, when the attention of Europe and 
America is excited by the sufferings of the African 
race, it is incumbent on us to consider whether we 
are acting up to the principles we profess. We take 
the liberty briefly to observe, that we adhere to the 
declaration of 1776, viz. that all men are endowed by 
the great Creator with certain unalienable rights; 
that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of 
happiness. We think that declaration holds good, 
without respect to colour, and that it is the duty of 
nations and states, as well as individuals, and more 
especially those who profess to be actuated by the re- 
publican principle, to suppress involuntary slavery 
among them, and endeavor to remove this dishonor of 
the christian character from a free people. In accor- 
dance with these principles, we have adopted the fol- 
lowing articles as a constitution. 

Article 1. This society shall be known by the title 
of The Manumission Society of North-Caroli- 
na, for promoting the gradual abolition of Slavery*, 



and for meliorating the condition of *ihe African race 
among ns. 

Art. 2. This society shall convene once in each 
year, or oftener if necessary, which meeting shall be 
denominated the General Association. 

Art. 3. This society shall consist of such branch 
meetings as shall adopt ttys constitution, and be re- 
presented in the general association. 

Art. 4. The general association shall elect a pre- 
sident, secretary and treasurer, by ballot, for the term 
of two years. Twelve members shall constitute a quo- 
rum, but a smaller number may adjourn from time to 
time, until a quorum are convened. 

Art. 5. It shall be the duty of the association when- 
met, to transact the business of the society, and en- 
deavour to promote the objects of this institution. The 
money for the use of the society is to be raised by free 
donation of the branches, and by voluntary contribu- 
tion of individuals who may wish to promote th« views 
of this society. 

Art. 6. Each branch meeting who may adopt this 
constitution, shall be entitled to two representatives 
in the general association, but may send one delegate 
for every ten members. Each branch may choose 
their own officers, and make their own bye laws, con- 
sistent with the stipulations of this constitution. Each 
branch meeting shall convene once in six months, or 
oftener if they think proper. 

Art. 7. The reception of members shall take place 
at the respective branch meetings; each branch shall 
keep a record of their members, and report the num- 
ber annually to the association. 



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Ai*t. 8. T?he general association may choose a 
board of managers, if they think proper, to transact 
the business of the society in- the recess of its sittings. 
With regard to the emigration of free coloured per- 
sons who may be disposed to remove, the society 
reserve to themselves the privilege to act as circum- 
stances may justify, to promote emigration to any 
place which in their judgment may be most likely to 
produce the desired effect. 

Art. 9. It shall be the duty of the president to 
preside at each meeting of the association, keep order 
and decorum, and give such information to the meet- 
ing as he may be in possession of relative to the af- 
fairs of the society, and recommend such measures as 
in his opinion may have a tendency to promote the 
views of this institution; shall have power to adjourn 
as occasion may require, and may call a special meet- 
ing of the association at the request of two (or more) 
of the branches. In case of absence of the president, 
the meeting shall appoint one pro tempore. 

Art. 10. It shall be the duty of the secretary to 
keep fair records of the proceedings of each associa- 
tion, so as to form a regular journal of the transac- 
tions of the society. In case of absence of the secre- 
tary, the meeting shall appoint a secretary pro tem- 
pore. 

Art. 11. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to 
receive the money collected for the use of the society; 
he shall make regular entries of all money received 
or paid out, but shall not pay out any money without 
an order from the president, or the chairman of the 



board of managers; lie shall exhibit f^true statement 
of the funds at each annual meeting. 

Art. 12. In case any member shall violate the 
principles of this institution, ^ie may be disov,-ned by 
the branch meeting unto which he belongs, subject to 
appeal to the general association. 

Art. 13. The general association shall have power 
to alter or amend this constitution whenever tw© 
thirds of the branches concur therein. 

Ratified in general association, held at Deep river 
meeting-house, in Guilford county, the 16th of Octo- 
ber, 1824. 

AARON COFFIN, Secretary,